New Eco-Friendly-er Hybrid Ferry Boat Hits San Francisco and San Diego Bay.
Have you ever wondered why power boats, which often spend the majority of their time in sunny windblown waters, aren’t powered by alternative energy like wind and solar? Well, now one is and it’s no small boat either. The Hornblower Hybrid is a 64-foot ferry boat that can hold 149 passengers. Though the boat is based out of San Francisco Bay and mainly serves as a ferry for passengers visiting Alcatraz Island, it was recently in San Diego Bay hosting bay cruises for companies, groups, or just individuals who pride themselves on caring for the environment.
(Fuel efficient diesel engines cover the remaining power needs, which is less then one-third of a traditional boat its size.) If passengers are feeling a little couped up, they can hit the gym room where stationary peddle bikes send more energy to the boats main batteries. Even the body of the boat reduces the Hornblower’s environmental impact. Reclaimed materials taken from other decommissioned boats were used in the boats construction. The hull paints are non-toxic and the boat uses only energy efficient LED light fixtures.
With more hybrids on the way, Hornblower hopes to be a model for the future…or even better for today! If Hornblower’s design can influence that of other larger vessels, it will be a great benefit to our oceans and atmosphere.